Thematic Reading List: 21 Bunnies Hop into Picture Books
Beatrix Potter seemed to immortalize rabbits when she introduced the world to Peter Rabbit. In all, she would write 23 tales about rabbits and outdoor creatures. Whether rabbits show up as main characters or stuffed animals, rabbits have been quite popular in picture books. Here is our list of bunnies who bounce along the pages of picture books.
By: Angie Smith
A stuffed bunny named Audrey worries that a child would never choose her because of her imperfections, until a little girl named Caroline comes along and loves her regardless.
|The Black Rabbit
By: Philippa Leathers
There’s a large black rabbit chasing him, and no matter where he runs, the shadowy rabbit follows, but finally in the deep, dark wood, Rabbit loses his nemesis only to encounter a real foe.
By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Nancy Hayashi
A family of rabbits moves into a cozy bungalow which they decorate and make into a perfect bunny home.
| Bunny Trouble
By: Hans Wilhelm
Ralph the bunny only wants to play soccer while all the other rabbits work hard getting eggs ready for Easter, until his playing gets him caught by a farmer wanting some rabbit pie.
By: Michaela Morgan
Illustrated by: Caroline Jayne Church
Tino and Teeny, two love-struck bunnies, leave letters for one another in a hollow log which is home to a family of mice who, once they realize they have destroyed the love letters, make a patchwork Valentine for the bunnies.
|The Dumb Bunnies
By: Dav Pilkey (sometimes listed under his pseudonym Sue Denim)
Follows the adventures of the Dumb Bunnies, a rabbit family that does everything without any rhyme or reason.
By: Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by: Clement Hurd
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
By: Sergio Ruzzier
One by one, Rabbit opens his suitcase for his friends, who are curious to see inside, imagining the suitcase overflowing with their cherished dreams.
|Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale
By: Mo Willems
A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.
|Lion vs Rabbit
By: Alex Latimer
Lion is mean to everyone. When the other animals can’t take his bullying anymore, they hire Rabbit to outsmart him.
|The Magic Rabbit
By: Annette Cate
When Bunny becomes separated from Ray, a magician who is his business partner and friend, he follows a crowd to a park where he has a lovely afternoon, and after the people leave and darkness falls, the lonely and frightened Bunny finds a glittering trail of hope.
|Max and Ruby at the Warthogs’ Wedding
By: Rosemary Wells
Shortly before the Warthogs’ wedding is set to begin, ring-bearer Max loses the ring and he, Ruby, and their friend Louise search the Ritz Hotel from bottom to top trying to get it back in time.
By: Natalie Russell
A city rabbit befriends a country rabbit, but soon she misses her home with its cafes and bright lights.
|Pat the Bunny
By: Dorothy Kunhardt
Paul and Judy touch a rabbit, smell flowers, look in the mirror, and participate in other activities, in a book that includes liftable flaps, textured insets, holes, and embedded objects.
By: Thornton W. Burgess
Unhappy with his “common” name, Peter Rabbit decides to change it to something that sounds more important.
By: Amber Stewart
Hopscotch the rabbit refuses to wash his ears until his older cousin comes to visit and he learns something about being grown up.
By: Susanna Gretz
Uncle Bunny, who has been summoned to make sure that John joins his fellow rabbits in eating lots of vegetables, reveals a surprising dislike for carrots.
|The Runaway Bunny
By Margaret Wise Brown
A little rabbit who wants to run away tells his mother how he will escape, but she is always right behind him.
|The Tale of Peter Rabbit
By: Beatrix Potter
The story of a little rabbit, Peter, who disobeyed his mother and ventured into Mr. McGregor’s cabbage patch, only to end up losing all his clothes before he could get away.
|The Velveteen Rabbit
By: Margery Williams
By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
|Wolfie the Bunny
By: Ame Dyckman
When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.